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Saul Reichlin's Sholom Aleichem In The Old Country comes to The Lion and Unicorn Theatre

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

SHOLOM Aleichem In The Old Country, adapted and performed by award-winning stage and screen actor, Saul Reichlin, is to receive its UK premiere at the Lion and Unicorn Theatre, where it runs for a strictly limited four-week season from October 30 to November 25, 2018.

Reichlin’s superb new show, abundant in all the wisdom and humour of the shteltl, follows the hilarious adventures of Sholom Aleichem, himself, as he returns to the place of his birth to visit his roots in the small town of Kasrilevkeh.

The abject poverty but perennial good cheer of the villagers is portrayed in turn as hilarious, touching and occasionally horrifying stories.

Such a momentous trip would not be complete, however, without a special appearance by Tevye the Milkman and Menachem Mendel, the matchmaker. It is the treasured and timeless world of Sholom Aleichem, the genius whose stories became Fiddler On The Roof.

Saul Reichlin, one of the great interpreters of Sholom Aleichem’s work toured his one man plays of Yiddish tales, Now You’re Talking for five years and won international acclaim, playing in full houses in 36 cities in eight countries, including The Edinburgh Festival Fringe, The King’s Head Theatre in London and Off Broadway in New York. He also won outstanding reviews for his plays Roots Shmoots and Isaac Bashevis Singer’s masterpiece, Gimpel The Fool.

Reichlin was recently seen as Shylock in The Merchant of Venice (Shakespeare’s Rose Theatre, Bankside). His other theatre roles include Valentine in Love For Love (National Theatre), Michael Howard in the award-winning Who’s The Daddy? (King’s Head, Really Useful Group) and Josef Mashkan in Old Wicked Songs (tour) for which he was nominated Best Actor.

On screen, he has appeared with Danny Glover in Mandela as well as in Miss Marple, Poirot and This Life. Reichlin is also a multi award-winning audiobook narrator.

Tickets: £14, £12 concessions (£1.73 booking fee applies). To book, visit

Times: Tuesday to Saturday at 7.30pm; Sunday at 3pm + 6pm.